A&E closes because they can’t recruit enough doctors
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A&E closes because they can’t recruit enough doctors

A hospital's accident and emergency department is to close temporarily because it can't find enough doctors to staff it.

Chorley hospital in Lancashire will instead run an urgent care unit. Emergency patients will now be sent to Preston, which is 14 miles away.

The government has recently imposed a pay cap to try to limit the NHS bill for locum doctors.

Professor Mark Pugh, consultant anaesthetist and the medical director of the Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, told Radio 5 live Daily's Peter Allen that the shutdown was down to staff shortages.

He said: "Currently we only have five permanent members of staff in post and then three agency doctors. We got eight out of the 14 doctors we needed"

  • 14 Apr 2016